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“Amazing food & ambiance, very cozy and welcoming”
Review of Restaurant Matisse - CLOSED

Restaurant Matisse
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $17 - $25
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Wharf Street
Kelowna, Canada
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing food & ambiance, very cozy and welcoming”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

The concierge at the Delta Hotel recommended this restaurant, and she was absolutely right about it! It was an amazing dinner! We were there for our anniversary, and the food, ambiance and service were wonderful! I will be recommending this restaurant to everyone we see!
I'm a travel agent, so I'll definitely be sending clients there for a special evening.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank TanaJ5
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English first
Frederick, Maryland
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fabulous meal-and great owner!”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

We hosted an event at Restaurant Matisse and we so impressed! This was my first time to Victoria, therefore I was uncertain what to expect; I picked Restaurant Matisse based on the great recommendations found on TripAdvisor. Thankfully we were not disappointed, nor were the 30+ guests that joined us.

The restaurant is small and quaint; it seats only about 35 people in the entire restaurant; which added to the dining experience given we had the place to ourselves. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the owner John, who was gracious and entertaining. The room was seat up perfect for our dinner; John and his team took the time to arrange the tables to optimize the space and make conversation easy. We even found beautiful fall flowers adorned on each table- something we were not expecting.

The pre-selected meal was based on seasonal choices and they were all great! Our guests were given the option of veal, chicken or a seafood crepe. In addition to an appetizer and dessert. I enjoyed the lobster bisque, seafood crepe and bread pudding, one of my favorite desserts. Each course was delicious and the bread pudding was by far my favorite- made with croissants, not bread.

Our guests commented on the meal and experience all evening; guests lingered hours into the evening- no one wanted to leave, it was simply a lovely evening.

If you find yourself in Victoria, or are lucky enough to live there, you must dine at Restaurant Matisse. It's the perfect place to enjoy a romantic evening, dine with friends or entertain clients. The only down side to dining here is deciding what entree to select,

John- thank you for a Fabulous evening, the high light of our business trip!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank MLP228
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oregon
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fantastic meal!”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

Ignore the vindictive boneheads that gave Matisse a one star that didn't eat there or showed up so late they could not get a table. My wife and celebrated our 33rd anniversary at Matisse and had such a memorable delicious meal we had to post a review. Awesome food, service, and atmosphere....but best of all was the upbeat caring attitude of the owners who work the front of the restaurant.

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank Bendquattro
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Victoria, BC Canada
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274 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Exceptional Food and Service”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

We can't believe this restaurant has been around for 15 years, and we had never been here before. We were going for our anniversary dinner, and wanted to try somewhere new to us. After looking at the reviews we decided to give it a go. The restaurant is charming and does not have many tables. I would strongly recommend a reservation. We both decided on the 4 course fixed menu. We asked our server/Sommelier, Chris, to suggest a red wine to accompany our meal. We were not dissapointed with the French choice he made for us. To start he brought us a complimentary pear lemongrass pernod shooter, which was refreshing and delicious. We then went with the lobster bisque and the soup of the day (corn with crab). I chose the seafood crepe for my appetizer, which was beautiful. Next we were served the in house apple sorbet which was yummy to "cleanse our palate". For a small additional charge we decided to have the Filet of Beef with black truffle and foie gras sauce,which was done to perfection. Dessert we chose the Crème Brulée and the "Floating Island", which is a light meringue with fruit. We couldn't have made a better choice for our anniversay, and we will be back!

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank snoopy647
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Victoria, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“You have to eat here!”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

We are locals and eat at Matisse at least twice a month. The service and food is always of the highest calibre. Fine dining options are few and far between in Victoria and none of the others compare to Matisse. The staff take the time to explain in great detail what the food offerings are and the recommended wines we have enjoyed with our meals are always reasonably priced. The staff create an atmosphere that is light hearted and fun all wrapped up in a romantic setting. We recently returned from a trip to Paris and Matisse's fare is on par with any of the food served at the Michelin restaurants we visited, yet the cost and service excels here. What more could you ask for - treat yourself to a dinner at Matisse, you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank Victoriaeats
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